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Sustainability, Conservation and the Inkaterra Asociación

As the number of visitors enjoying what Peru has to offer is at an all time high, so is the importance of protecting and preserving iconic landmarks and species. Sustainability, conservation and the Inkaterra Asociación is a relationship that endeavours to preserve and protect these landmarks whilst educating others on the key facts.

The Rainforest

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The Amazon Rainforest covers a billion acres of South America, if it were a country, it would be the 9th largest in the world. However, one and a half acres of rainforest is lost every second due to a variety of factors. In 2006, the Peruvian Government gave the concession of eco-tourism – ‘Reserva Ecológica Inkaterra’ – this comprised 10,000 HA of land 15km next to our Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge. From here, the ITA work to generate new eco-tourism products, develop and implement conservation activities and sustain the management of natural resources.

Andean Bears

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Andean bears are the only bear species to be found in South America. The species is under threat from many factors including habitat loss, hunting and the wildlife trade. In the grounds of our Inkaterra Machu Picchu hotel, the ITA have created a rescue centre for this endangered species that is currently home to five bears. Its main objectives are to rehabilitate and work on reproduction and reinsertion programmes.

Cabo Blanco Marine Reserve

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A variety of species can be found in the waters surrounding the country. From various crustaceans and sea turtles to humpback whales and there is no doubt that there are many more amazing and unique species waiting to be discovered. With this in mind, the ITA works to preserve and protect  these species that live there and invests research into the discovery of new ones as well.

For more information on the ITA and what they do, please click here.

 

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La Hora del Planeta – Earth Hour

Following the tragic landslide (huayco) that occurred on Monday in Chosica near Lima, claiming eight lives and leaving many others injured and homeless; targeting climate change has never been more important.

On Saturday 28th March, we will be taking part in ‘La Hora del Planeta’ (Earth Hour) across our lodges to both show our support to those affected by the tragic events in Peru earlier in the week and to make a contribution to helping the planet both environmentally and socially.

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Flickr Image by Woodley Wonderworks http://bit.ly/1D57h8b

Earth Hour started in 2007 by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) as a lights off event in Sydney, Australia. Now, 7000 countries across the globe participate.  The campaign has been very successful in promoting awareness of the devastating effects on our planet that are a result of climate change.

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Across all our lodges between 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm on Saturday 28th March we will be switching off the power and observing these all important 60 minutes. We urge all our followers to do the same – together, we can make a difference.

For more information on Earth Hour and how you can contribute, please click here.

 

 

 

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The Amazon Rainforest – One of the World’s Largest Pharmacies

The Amazon rainforest, acknowledged by many as one of the largest natural pharmacies in the world, is home to an abundance of natural resources and plants, renowned for their medicinal properties. The protection of these natural elements is fundamental to maintaining this incredible hotspot of biodiversity. Here, we will explore some of the fascinating remedies that have been created from these plants by the Quechua people for generations.

Our Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge, with its 10,000 ha private ecological reserve, Reserva Ecológica  Inkaterra is adjacent to the Tambopota National Reserve in the Southern Amazon Rainforest in Peru, known as the ‘Bio-Diversity Capital of Peru’. From here, you can chose from the many excursions on offer and explore the amazing Amazon Rainforest, spotting these incredible natural remedies in their purest form as you go!

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Passion Flower

This woody vine with large white flowers is known to target anxiety and depression whilst lowering blood pressure and acts as a mild sedative. The flower was discovered by Peruvians in 1569 and is used by natural health practitioners all over the globe today.

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Flickr Image by Seb Perrotin http://bit.ly/1DXYlRQ

Cats Claw

Cats Claw, named from the horn like thorns protruding from its vines is used as a natural remedy to boost the immune system. Founded in the Amazon Rainforest 2000 years ago, Cats Claw is now used throughout the world for immunity disorders, stomach ulcers, shingles and chronic inflammation.

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Flickr Image by Alien Graffiti http://bit.ly/1GTulnC

Maca 

A root vegetable, found in Peru and cultivated for three thousand years, its medicinal properties include treating anaemia, chronic fatigue, weak bones and is also used as an energy booster and athletic performance enhancer. Maca Powder has become prominent in recent years and is recognised as one of the world’s leading superfoods.

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Flickr Image by William Ismael http://bit.ly/1HCLJ0c

For more information on the wellness wonders of Peru, please click here.

 

 

 

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February Round Up

Although it is the shortest month of the year, this month has been both exciting and eventful at Inkaterra. Here our February round up of our news from the past 28 days.

Society of American Travel Writers

Machu Picchu Peru was the chosen destination for the latest Society of American Travel Writers Council. Inkaterra and PromPeru organised the trip, sponsored by Libertador and Inca Rail, which involved forty American Travel Writers venturing to Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu to experience the cultural legacy and bio-diversity of the country.

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World Environment Day at Inkaterra

Our CEO, Jose Koechlin attended the Educational Travel Community event in Boston on 20th February. Our volunteering programmes were presented to emphasise our 40-year commitment to scientific research, conservation and sustainable development.

Wild Orchid Man 

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Orchid taxologist and artist, Stig Dalström and film-maker and composer, Darryl Saffer, completed their fourth documentary together at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel this month. ‘Wild Orchid Man, Journey to Machu Picchu’ was filmed at the Native Orchid Garden at IMPP which is home to 372 species of orchid. The film will premier tonight, March 12th at the Glenridge Performing Arts Centre in Sarasota, Florida.

Cabo Blanco

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Peru emerges as a new hot-spot for Wellness Wanderers

The search for wellness is a hot topic in 2015. In the past few years, Peru has been firmly placed on the culinary map thanks to the rise of restaurants such as Ceviche and Coya London bringing Peruvian cuisine into the mainstream. But as our attention turns away from our stomachs to focus on our health, Peru is emerging as one of the newest Wellness Destinations.

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Firstly, this is in thanks to the prime location. Machu Picchu is a sacred destination for the ancient Incas, who regarded it as a spiritual, almost mythical place. High up in the Andes, the altitude has a positive effect on your health, with the frequency of obesity, diabetes and coronary artery disease being drastically reduced. Unfortunately for most, permanent residency isn’t an option. However the trek up to the citadel is certain to get the heart pumping, and with some 1500 steps on the Inca Trail, those leg muscles will certainly ache.

Wellness is not just about exercise, but about nutrition too. Peru is also home to some of the newest ‘super foods’ – heralded to be the perfect compliment to any diet.

Maca is a native Peruvian plant that grows high in the Andes. Though not much to look at, resembling a small, rough stone, Maca is packed full of amino acids, vitamins and minerals which help to increase energy, reduce stress and create an overall revitalising effect.

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Though we hear that chocolate is the dieter’s worst enemy, the natural Cacao which was cultivated over 3,000 years ago has some surprising health benefits. It is rich in vitamin B, as well as iron and zinc. That doesn’t mean you can help yourself to the next tray of chocolates – sadly the added fats and sugars in commercial chocolate don’t have the same benefits. Instead go for raw cacao to make the most of this natural ‘food of gods’.

Lucuma is making headlines in the UK as one of the newest super foods favoured by celebrities and fitness fanatics. Known colloquially as the gold of the Incas, this tropical fruit tastes like caramel, pumpkin and syrup – no wonder it is Peru’s favourite ice-cream flavour. Despite the natural sweetness lucuma is full of health benefits – it is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, as well as being known to lower blood pressure.

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Eating right and exercising is a sure way to put the spring back into your step, but there is another way of rejuvinating. The Inkaterra Unu Spa offers a unique concept that combines the classic nurturing of a SPA with a mystical Andean  approach. All the products used in the Unu Spa are 100% natural, derived from local botanical extracts, for example the Coca leaf, which has been identified as one of the essential elements of the magical, religious and medicinal rituals of the Andean tradition.

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Taking inspiration from the Incan heritage, the unique Andean Sauna at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel uses heated stones in a candle-lit eucalyptus hut located next to the natural spring water pond, providing a unique, natural spa experience, which is sure to revitalise and rejuvenate guests.

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So we have the food, the exercise and the spa treatments – now all we need is you.

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Valentine’s with Inkaterra

‘Peru, Peru, my heart’s lighthouse.’ – Stephen Morrissey.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we feel that this quote from Stephen Morrissey sums up the romance around this country perfectly.

Our ‘Romantic Adventure in the Amazon Experience’ is the ideal unforgettable experience for couples that want to explore magical Peru and create memories that will last a life-time.

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Couples can create lasting memories on the river to Reserva Amazonica. Watch frolicking river otters and side-neck turtles in their natural habitat before arriving at our Amazon Lodge on the banks of the Madre de Dios River.

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The stunning sunsets provide the perfect backdrop for couples sharing a romantic moment. The colours cast across the river, taken in with a bottle of champagne create the most perfect amorous atmosphere.

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This is the ideal package for foodie couples, with delectable dining experiences to be had. Discover Andean cuisine together while soaking up the Peruvian atmosphere.

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During the stay, couples can indulge at our ENA spa offering spectacular views of the Rollin Island opposite; making it a spa session couples will never forget. An energising flower bath and cooling massage can be revelled in, leaving both feeling rejuvenated and relaxed.

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All this and other surprises await adventurous couples looking for the ultimate romantic experience.

 For more information on the romance package, please click here.

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Switch the View of a Screen to Something Worth Looking At

With modern technology playing a major role in all elements of our daily lives, it is often hard to switch off and take time-out to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. Those looking to “unplug” and escape the buzz of the modern world, why not ditch the computer screen, switch off the iPad and become an intrepid explorer in Peru.

Inkaterra’s Quintessential Peru Experience is the ideal opportunity to shift your focus away from your technology and onto a 14-day adventure you will never forget. With your phone safely stowed away,  take the time to re-energise and embrace the colourful culture, cuisine and sites Peru has to offer.

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Submerge yourself in the stunning and tranquil atmosphere of the Amazon Rainforest – paddle your way down the Madre De Dios River, explore the magical forest trails and watch as the Lake Sandoval’s resident giant otters and howler monkeys play. Not only will you not have time for technology, you won’t want the distraction. Savour the memories of breath taking sunsets over the forest canopy after all, it’s memories not phones that last a lifetime.

Campos Valle Sacred Valley

Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas; with its ruins, markets and villages – you can truly appreciate what this historic site has to offer.

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Missing your phone yet? This should be the last thing on your mind as you watch the sun come up, casting a golden glow over the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu or you can take in the awe-inspiring site of the Colca Canyon. Experience these ancient and mystical wonders the way the Incas did thousands of years before you.

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There are only so many pictures you can view on a mobile device – so why not give it up for a 2 week rejuvenating experience and experience them first hand  with a life changing ‘Digital Detox’  at either Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

For more information of the Quintessential Peru Experience, click here, and if you would like to see any more information on our packages please click here.

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Inkaterra’s Book Dedicated to the ‘Lord of Miracles’

José Koechlin, founder of Inkaterra, commissioned the creation of this new publication in tribute to  the ’Lord of the Miracles’. The purpose of this book is to provide a detailed insight into the story of the ‘Lord of Miracles’, from the origins of tradition in seventeenth century Lima until now, to its  representation in Peruvian art and its current presence worldwide, being one of the world´s most popular expressions of faith.

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This hardback book documents a milestone in history, showcasing work that exalts one of the most moving experiences of faith in the world. Following the religious procession in Lima during October, known as ‘El Señor de los Milagros’, Pope Francis exchanged gifts with the Peruvian President which included the recent Lord of the Miracles publication.

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Lord of the Miracles is now available at major bookstores and via the Inkaterra website . The sale of this book will contribute to the social work performed by the Mothers of the Discalced Carmelite Monastery Nazarene, who not only guarded the sacred image of the Lord of Miracles, but also provide significant relief to the impoverished throughout the year. For further information please email us here.

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Publimetro-Reciclatón Recycling Initiative

Inkaterra Recyling Campaign

At the end of last month we took part in the return of the Publimetro-Reciclatón recycling campaign.

Reciclatón aims to promote an environmentally conscious lifestyle. With this in mind, citizens of Guatemala City and surrounding municipalities are invited to collect as much paper, cardboard and plastic bottles as possible. The amassed material is donated to City Paper Foundation (la Fundación Ciudad de Papel) and the Association of the Beatitudes (la Asociación de las Bienaventuranzas). Both non-profit organisations help the underprivileged; the former hopes to meet the educational, medicinal and nutritional needs of those at a low income, while the latter houses children, youth and adults in abandonment. These bodies then sell all the recycled goods in order to raise funds for their beneficiaries.

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Publimetro-Reciclatón Recycling Initiative

On Friday 22, Metro launched this growing campaign alongside Reciclatón San Luis, ally and promoter of recycling in Peru. We of course, joined and supported the campaign, as we pride ourselves on being a pioneer for sustainable tourism. Our Sustainability Policy recognises our duty to have a ‘high positive impact on local populations’

It is through committing to initiatives such as this one that we can live up to our title. Determined to actively help the local community, we managed to contribute approximately 120-140 kilogrammes of paper and 5 kilogrammes of plastic bottles to this year’s Reciclatón project. Through this project, we are endowed with a greater understanding of the need to respect the environment and we remind the local community, as well as our guests, to ensure we continue to be a role model for sustainable development.